Sara Jones, who will be entering Ninth Grade Academy for the 2020-2021 academic year, was this year's Hope 4 Tomorrow Pike County Optimist Club Oratory Contest Winner. The topic for the 2019-2020 school year was: "Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you Imagine?" Sara was to compete at the zone and district level, but the contests were canceled due to COVID-19. The local club and Pike Family Connection will honor Sara in August 2020 and have her share her speech in person. Until that time, Sara graciously provided a self-made video of her speech which you may view by clicking here. This was Sara's second year to compete in the local essay contest.
The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country, or a more historical perspective, in addition to developing skills for written expression.